Short Wave Goes To The Circus Julia Ruth has a pretty cool job: it takes a lot of strength, a lot of balance, and a surprising amount of physics.

As a circus artist, Julia has performed her acrobatic Cyr wheel routine around the world. But before she learned her trade and entered the limelight, she was on a very different career path--she was studying physics.

Julia talks with Emily (who also shares a past life in the circus) about her journey from physicist to circus artist, and how she learned her physics-defining acts.

Short Wave Goes To The Circus

Short Wave Goes To The Circus

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Julia Ruth poses in the Cyr wheel. Rob Riingen/Julia Ruth hide caption

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Julia Ruth poses in the Cyr wheel.

Rob Riingen/Julia Ruth

Julia Ruth has a pretty cool job: it takes a lot of strength, a lot of balance, and a surprising amount of physics.

As a circus artist, Julia has performed her acrobatic Cyr wheel routine around the world. But before she learned her trade and entered the limelight, she was on a very different career path--she was studying physics.

Julia talks with Emily (who also shares a past life in the circus) about her journey from physicist to circus artist, and how she learned her physics-defining acts.

Julia Ruth performs one of her famous acts, the Cyr wheel.

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This circus trip was produced by Margaret Cirino, edited by Rebecca Ramirez and Gisele Grayson, and fact checked by Rachel Carlson. The audio engineer was Robert Rodriguez.